WomenScribes Heroine Reese Witherspoon stars as Tracy Flick, a good girl so good she loses her damn mind in Alexander Payne's "ELECTION." (property of Paramount.) 

WomenScribes Heroine Reese Witherspoon stars as Tracy Flick, a good girl so good she loses her damn mind in Alexander Payne's "ELECTION." (property of Paramount.) 

GOOD GIRL SYNDROME GETS YOU NOWHERE IN THIS INDUSTRY 

Good Girl Syndrome, the condition of existing to please others by being what they expect. Conforming to society's concept of what a pleasant women is. 

Symptoms: Listening to your agent against your instinct. 

Not writing the personal sample because what if your mom/husband/friends read it and think you're weird. 

Not writing something big and awesome because what if your success upsets mom/husband/friends. 

Not putting yourself on the page because you know you are weird/horny/angry/depressed inside. 

Feeling an intense need to look like "everyone else."

Feeling an intense fear of following your screenwriting dreams because the voice inside says 'Doesn't this mean you think really highly of yourself? Doesn't trying to make it in a competitive field like this one mean you have a HUGE ego? And women with egos are so. not. attractive.' 

Recognize yourself?

Most women have a good girl who sits on her shoulder complaining about her body, suggesting edits to her work to make it less weird, less edgy, less vulnerable because "what if someone doesn't like it." 

The good girl is a parasite who wants to ruin your life and your career. 

Writers aren't good. They're naughty rebels. Watch PUSSY RIOT: A PUNK PRAYER. Do you wish you were those women? Be as much of them as you can be. Write what you're scared of. Risk it all on the page. If your work isn't honest, what in the hell is the point? You have one life to live, one career. 

And if you need more practical reasons to be bad -- and Good Girl always needs a practical reason! -- your "bad" work, your rebellious naughty scary sample will get you further in your career than your... say... Grey's Anatomy spec. Because the world is flooded in Grey's specs. The last time being a female writing a Grey's Anatomy spec was rebellious was when Shonda Rhimes wrote it as a spec pilot and it launched her career into the stratosphere because it was HER VISION pure on the page. 

And another practical reason: the men you are competing against are being bold and bad. So you best do the same.